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Senior Producer, Tanzania


Published by Jobstanzania on 9:09:00 pm

Senior Producer, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania
Reports to: Senior Production Manager
Contract duration: 12 months (with possible extension), anticipated start date February 2014
Salary: Highly competitive within Tanzanian NGO market rates

Job purpose
The Senior Producer will lead the production of radio programmes, these could include one or more of the following formats: magazine, drama, discussion, call-in. He or she will ensure the programmes produced maintain the highest editorial and professional standards in line with BBC editorial policy. He or she will be responsible for the creative direction of the programmes, ensuring they are engaging, popular and able to influence the uptake of positive behaviours in audiences.

Main Duties
• Ensure the programme(s) meets the editorial standards of the BBC
• Oversee and manage the day to day production of radio programme(s)
• Lead on long term planning and strategic direction for the programme(s)
• Manage the local production teams
• Closely work BBC Media Action programme manager & research team to ensure that the programme content is reaching and having an impact on audiences.
• Embed learning from research department into programme content and styles
• Script and oversee the presentation of the programme(s)
• Develop contacts within government and relevant sectors of Tanzania and ensure the continued access and independence of the programme(s)
• Lead and inspire the team
• Have a good understanding of Swahili language and be able to make the programme accessible to a broad range of audiences

Required skills, knowledge and experience
• Post holders will have considerable experience of producing radio programmes.
• Able to demonstrate a strong interest in, and proven commitment to media for development.
• Proven leadership and management skills of radio production teams.
• Sound understanding of transmission and recording systems, audio systems and communications equipment employed in the studio.
• Familiar with BBC editorial standards for radio, with a high degree of editorial awareness and judgment, combined with a thorough understanding of the aims and policies of BBC.
• Take responsibility for any brief that might be assigned by a programme or editor.
• Demonstrate excellent team leading skills and have the ability to manage a team, handling conflict effectively when necessary.
• Good communication skills
• A willingness to travel within Tanzania occasionally as the programme demands.
Desirable skills
• Experience in behavior change communications projects, preferably in the health, governance or resilience/livelihoods sectors.
• Prior experience with internationally reputable Swahili broadcaster.

Key competencies
The following competencies (behaviours and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies.
• Analytical thinking – Able to simplify complex problems, processes or projects into component parts, explore and evaluate them systematically. Able to identify causal relationships, and construct frameworks, for problem-solving and/or development.
• Decision making – Is ready and able to take the initiative, originate action and be responsible for the consequences of the decision made.
• Planning and organisation – Is able to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources requirements.
• Resilience – Can maintain personal effectiveness by managing own emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Can demonstrate an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.
• Influencing and persuading – Ability to present sound and well-reasoned arguments to convince others. Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change.
• Communication – The ability to get one’s message understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information.
• Managing relationships – Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people


Application instructions: 
Candidates should send their CV and a covering letter (PDF or Microsoft Word format) which outlines their experience and suitability for the role in English to tzrecruitment@tz.bbcmediaaction.org with the name of the position applied for in the subject line.

Please do not send certificates or other attachments. Applicants with no separate covering letter will not be considered. Please only apply if you meet the basic criteria under the person specification. This is a local post applicable to people who have the legal right to live and work in Tanzania. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and only if a donor application is successful.

Please note that the availability of this position is dependent on the success of an application to a donor.

Application deadline: Friday 14 June 2013


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